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>> supervisor cohen: thank you for the presentation. i'm going to thank you and the front side for your thoughtful -- the amount of energy that is going to carry through this management audit. thank you very much for raising to our attention the importance of the responsibility that we have to ensure that we are providing safe, and habitable housing for people in san francisco, and a supervisor that represents four other cities largest public housing development i know well the challenges the housing authority and residents face. i left an hour and a half meeting with residents over at alice griffith; we deal with many of the challenges on a daily basis. not a day goes by when my staff or i are contacted or
personally affected -- when i consider that i have family members that stay in these developments, or when i received complaints about maintenance, and on a positive note, good news when we receive grants from the federal government to help with the sf rebuild. two weeks ago i attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony when the mayor, i am whole community got the opportunity to tour a 4-unit building. we are progressing and moving in the right direction, departing from the way we have been conducting business as it relates to our housing. it is no surprise that the housing authority has struggle with the more than 200 million unfunded
maintenance liability, and decreasing resources from hud. i appreciate the budget analyst's presentation and willingness to work with the board on this particular issue. however there are a number of realities that i want this audit to recognize and incorporate into its framework and i'm going to go down quickly, and circle back and provide you with detailed documentation. just to help shape the conversation. i think it is essential that the audit be done in tandem with hud, currently conducting nodded of the agency. both of you have stated that. it is my understanding that hud will be issuing a corrective plan sometime in march about how the agency can improve. therefore i believe that the audit should be informed by this corrective plan. and corrective action plans.
any recommendation that hud makes because -- ultimately they are the funders of the agency. additionally when the budget analyst look at the finances of the agency, it is important to keep in mind the number of programs and public policy decisions we make to improve the lives of our residents. this includes such things as the housing authority funds a weekend garbage pickup service. something my office and the mayors office led the effort of trying to organize garbage pickup. believe it or not they don't have garbage pickup service on the weekend. it was expensive to solve the problem, more than a million dollars in police services.
we have an unbelievable crime problem. how like analysts to look at the current level of recollection at the properties and make recommendations about how to improve the effort to increase. the resources within the agency. to make it plain, they are people not paying the rent. you are an analyst, you can appreciate this. when it revenue. i am looking for suggestions a humane way to address this discrepancy. i would like to budget analyst to take a look at the cost the agency incurs when moving tenants from a different property largely due to the public safety concern. it is an exorbitant amount of cost.
getting units up and ready. it will be helpful for the budget analyst to look at other housing authorities in california. supervisor campos mentioned this. very fortuitous. or other states. urban properties, section 8 program. my understanding is that we could better administer our section 8 program. i would like to hear ideas that you come up with. i want to hear creative solutions and recommendations that are informed about the work that hud is doing so that we board members can provide policy direction to the authority and also support our public housing residents and begin to address our house and challenges which is no secret.
we are facing serious challenges. i can provide you with documents that would be to everything for you. and i appreciate you, in the task that you are going to be undertaking. i do believe this is in the best interest of all of san francisco, not just our housing residents. i'm glad that you researched, 1993 is a long time. i think i was a sophomore in high school. here we are today dealing with it in 2013. i am optimistic and full of hope that we will get some tangible answers and suggestions that we can begin to implement. >> chair: thank you. important suggestions and things we will follow through. the follow-up question for you. in terms of the question before
us, it is brought in terms of the categories for the audit. abc to f. anyone alone can be a significant and large audit. i would like for you to explain how you will get it to a place where it is manageable. this is an important topic, and other audits that will be bringing back his priorities. i will like for you to narrow down the focus and in terms of timing, how much time will be dedicated, how many hours. what does that mean for the entire portfolio for the audits that we have on-site for the 2013 year? >> i like to answer all of that but the scope recommended in the motion is broad so that we could make the assessment and determine
what are the highest priorities. what will benefit the city? what can have a real impact? that will frame the questions we ask as to how we conduct our risk assessment. in terms of the logistics, and we would develop a much more refined work plan based on that, we would want to complete this by may, before the budget review in june. there is no benefit to dragging it longer than that. i am assuming that this will go to the board on tuesday, the following tuesday. we will be prepared to begin as soon as it is approved. we are already reviewing other documents. in terms of the overall audit program, we have to present to the gao shortly a work plan for 2013. i believe it will look similar
to the work plan in 2012, allocating 5000 out of the 17,000 or contract to special projects in audit. some of that a special requests from the supervisors; also perhaps 3000 hours, -- we would bring that shortly. this is one audit to be conducted during the course of the year. in terms of where we are now, we are completing today the final draft on the public safety realignment audit, submitting that to departments to get written comments.we hope to present up to the board of supervisors next week.
we have an outstanding audit on the redevelopment agency that we want to discuss with this committee. our goal is to -- the amendment is looking at 12-1500, we cannot do all of it by may. we want to discuss with you what are your priorities and help you decide what some of the highest cost and risk issues are. in terms of the work both supervisor campus and cohen talk about working in tandem with the hud audit, in some of the findings to inform this process as opposed to duplicating this. i imagine it going to this risk assessment that we could narrow the focus with intention not to duplicate some of the work done by hud, correct? >> correct. >> chair: supervisor campos?
>> supervisor campos: thank you for your comments supervisor cohen. it is important to take all those points into consideration. we welcome any additional feedback not only for members of this committee but also from members of the board. other members of the board. i wanted to get a better sense sort of what it means to work in tandem with hud for instance. one of the items that we have this compliance with applicable laws, federal, state, local. i imagine that would mean that hud is focusing on how federal law is being followed. and that for you to focus would be more than what is happening with local compliance.
is that how it would work? >> anything specific to hud, the governing agency, we would leave to them. but i say that sort of looking over not just laws, legal compliance, might be in hud's purview. we would take much more of a focus on the city's priorities. i do know - especially when we talk about policies % there are many city policies and priorities that are different from what hud wants. we would look at that and how it fits together. i say that because i think that there are things about rent collection, tenant eviction policies,
housing replacement policies that are important to the city that maybe hud has a different point of view on. >> supervisor campos: supervisor cohen mentioned the issuing of grants, purchasing, contracting. i assume policies around those issues would be things included in your review. >> that is correct. part of the government accountability office auditing standards are to consider what other audits have revealed. to some extent it is just an efficiency issue. they will be coming up with findings in march. we will be completing i work until probably . sometime after that we can look at some of their issues and say they are addressing it or, there is a city perspective on this and we want to take a step further. i had a discussion with mr. peterson from the housing authority about the fact that
the housing authority said they are not meeting their asset management program. how hud has dealt with that is to say that we are going to reduce your allocation; this is a punitive action because you have not met the strict area. he described some of the issues about them not meeting their asset management program makes me think that the commission and the city they want to say that this is the way that you should be meeting it and you could be meeting it and go a step further with that. i don't know all of the conditions. i know what he said to us about some of the failures. those are things the city could address quite easily. those are some of the areas where we might take what they do and then move a step further with it. >> supervisor campos: last thing i want to say, and i hope that you will also look at, not only sort of the performance of the agency. but i think it would also be appropriate, and i think it is very timely given the housing audit that
you did last year, how the city can also better support the agency itself because there is an interconnection between what they are doing and what we are doing. i am certainly interested in that piece as well. >> okay. thank you and final piece. my colleagues mentioned some great areas to focus on from their perspective. one area i think just to flush out that i think is interesting to me as well that would be informative is what the housing authority's financial planning processes look like, whether following best practices with regards to find, budgeting, these are things that to the extent they are successful in that arena they are able to deal with a lot more the issues that people care about, day-to-day, how our units maintain, are repairs done in a timely way.
those of things that can be strengthened if they have a firm financial planning and footing. there is a place we can look at as well. thank you. >> supervisor campos: i forgot to add, wondering if have any thoughts on this. a lot of information we get not only comes from the agency itself but we also hear from the residence. i don't know if there is any opportunity at times to hear from some of the folks that may be impacted by it in a more direct way. >> they are already calling us. there are advisory committees established by hud. one for the voucher payment program; one for the housing program. we including any work plan no
matter what the risk assessment focus group meetings, talking to the residents, because they can inform us about how effective the management is of the properties themselves. >> thank you supervisors. >> supervisor cohen: i also was going to highlight that each property has a tenant association and there is a large association, the public housing tenants association which has representative from all across the city. they have a citywide perspective and meet on a regular basis. this is outside of the commission that i'm talking about. what you are talking about is having feedback from the tenant, those persons on the ground receiving these benefits. i find it most helpful to attend the tenants' meeting on
a fairly regular basis. >> we would do that. we did the audit of the communities we did meet with a tenant association. we have already that connection. >> chair: thank you very much. without any other questions why do we open this for public comment. are there members of the public who wish to speaks? >> i am requesting to speak more than 2 minutes. i am an authority. you check your records, and you will see ace washington. you're looking at someone that has authority and knows exactly about housing authority, knows what the tenants want. the scope back to what we were talking about this history here. it is no secret that number
one, public safety is what the most important thing of the tenants there. they don't have the money to do it. hud cut off their money. i appreciate campos what you are doing here, but i'm ready to get to the quick. 10 years ago, we had a public hearing. the tenants marched down to have hearings here. i know the rules. what i'm seeing now, i want someone to pay close attention to what i'm saying. i'm not new to this; i am true to this. you go through your process. myself, ace washington, i'm going to do my own independent. with the social media here hud knows that they are in trouble but they are doing the right
thing by cutting off the funding. the mayor has to get rid of the of ministration, we all know that. have to get rid of alvarez. let him sleep out there with the tenants. right now the bottom line is the tenants. this audit will show that they are out of compliance; it would show that there are total violations and it is going to show the reason why i'm going to file an injunction, i'm going to hire angela alioto the stopple procedures in the city and county that relates to african-american tenants; you are playing around here like we are playing games. those tenants are the one suffering. the authority is out of compliance. >> chair: thank you.
>> i will come back of another chance. >> chair: any of the speakers for item 2. seeing none public comment is closed. gvl(gavel) we have a motion on the motion? >> i make a motion to move this item with a positive recommendation. >> chair: supervisor cohen do you want to say a few words? we have a motion to set the item forward with recommendations, narrowing down the focus of this item, many members of this board whether on the committee or elsewhere will be feeding information to the analyst. we can move this forward without objection? thank you. do we have any other items? >> clerk calonsag: no other items. >> chair: thank you. we are adjourned.
>> good morning everyone. it's a great time of the year to unveil-- happy new year actually. my name is claudine cheng. i'm speaking as a past president of oca, organization of chinese americans. every year is special; this year is specifically more special because historically the first year honoring chinese heritage was in 1993,
this is the twentieth year anniversary of that; we are proud and happy that the happy new year series is continuing -- by the united states postal service. oca is a national organization 20 years ago urge the postal service to issue a series of stamps to honor the contributions of chinese americans and we have the support of many local organizations, the chinese chamber of commerce, the chinese consolidated benevolent associations and many other national organizations and national leaders that joined asking the post office to consider doing that. we see the stamp as an important part of the american cultural heritage;
chinese-americans are a big part of it. this is a special year, our twentieth year. i would like to introduce our mayor, ed lee, this is his press conference. mayor lee has been to many, many if not all of the -- in san francisco. in as many capacities as a public official in san francisco. mayor lee? >> thank you caludine for your work. from the first time when you were in dc getting us excited about our national stamp; really our national culture could be reflected for everybody in america. this is a wonderful opportunity yet again and i know this is the sixth stamp? sixth in the second series.
i'm glad to be joined the board president david chiu, our new supervisor norman yee district 7, and rod sengera postmaster general for the san francisco bay area. i see the wonderful beautiful designs that ken mack has for our stamp,a reflection of our cultural heritage. i want to thank the representatives of chinese companies and many others witnessing this to unveil this again. we are getting ready for the new year. as people know we are finishing up on what i think is one of the most exciting years that we have had with the year of the dragon. you know as well as i do that so many things happened, somewhat miraculously whether
the world series or on our way to perhaps a super bowl, and even the economic recovery. i kind of thing from our own culture that it had something to do with the alignment of some great fantastic events that we could not control but that came together. and for welcoming in this new year we call it the year of the serpent but some of us will refer to as as a year of the many dragon. of course i want to recognize carmen chu hao district 4 supervisor as well; she has been a strong leader helping us promote the new year's as well of course taking care of her district, working as a wonderful supervisor. i am excited about this new year too because it has an opportunity to unveil many of
our cultural aspirations in the city of san francisco. it has been 160 years, and we know our history well. my ascension to this office has been one of those things that people still consider me pretty special so much special not because of me but because of our community. this tab will have international status. gobs of people will want to have it, reflective of not only our history but if i go to washington dc tomorrow we will have an opportunity to talk with the rest of the mayors across the country is to how to celebrate new year's. this would be another example. want to congratulate again claudine and the whole team, postmaster general,
is leadership is always been important. and the public service that she does not only in delivering the mail and postal service but reflective of the stamp and the u.s. postal service office that we get this opportunity to have a national platform on which our culture affinities can be displayed. happy new year. (chinese) thank you mayor lee. every year the united states postal service in washington dc receives many applications for subject matter to be reflected on a postal stamp. we really want to thank the poster service committee for selecting every year for the happy new year stamp, or the lunar year thing, to be part of the commemorative stamp program. with us today is seven cisco postmaster rog cingara (sounds
like). >> thank you for that kind introduction. i want to thank you for being with us today and for your support of the united states postal service. i know you have important business in washington to attend to. something about an inauguration. i really appreciate your taking the time out here today and inviting us us to city hall and being part of the celebration. thank you claudine. as always your support and your assistance have been instrumental and it is very much appreciated. thank very much. and thank you all for joining us here today. this is an auspicious ceremony in this beautiful city of san francisco where for the second year in a row now we have been the official first day of issue city for the lunar new year stamp. i might also add